Years ago, I used a program called Managing your money (the DOS version, to give you an idea of how long ago this was). This came out before quicken and had more features than just checkbook management,
One key feature was a reminder list as part of its calendar. You could put in a recurring or one time event like you can in Outlook now. But also let you set a window for reminder. So for a birthday for example, you could set it to 7 days and on a reminder page that came up when you first went into the app but also available at any time, that reminder would show up for 7 days before the birthday. A nice way to let you know what was coming up and give you time to send out a card. Rather what seems to be the case now with Outlook when you get to that day and see it's someone's birthday and rush to get a card out. Once the birthday passes, that reminder falls off the reminder list till 7 days before the next year's birthday.
Of course, now I see it's important for reminders for clients for tax payments due, etc.
We've grown to suggest clients put in a recurring event starting days before the actual date, then after they deal with the tax payment, they manually move it to the next month, quarter or year as appropriate.
Is there likely some blatantly obvious equivalent in Outlook that I don't know about? A way to make a single entry (again, using the birthday analogy) that can be recurring but also allow alerts for a selectable amount of time before that will also automatically reoccur?
You can set reminders in a calendar item, but then get pestered with pop ups and potentially dismiss it. And I believe you can't see the list of reminders on demand? Those seem more like reminders of meetings starting in x minutes / hours. Not for reminding you over days of an upcoming event or project deadline that you need to keep in mind, but not as urgent as that meeting in 1/2 hour.
There's likely other apps that can do this, but hoping to find a way to do this in Outlook where clients spend a fair amount of time each day.